We know that one of the best things we can do to stay healthy and live longer is to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Most of us can do a better job heeding that good advice, but it also comes with some hand-wringing of its own—pesticide use. We all should be concerned with pesticides and its impact on our health, farmworkers and our environment.
No amount of arsenic is considered safe for human consumption, yet it shows up in a variety of foods we eat, including many items we routinely feed to infants and small children: apple juice, grape juice, baby rice cereal, brown rice. How did it get there and are there ways to best avoid it?
The vast majority of cattle, hogs, chickens and turkeys raised in the U.S. come from industrial-sized farms, operations whose sheer size and routine farming practices have real ripple effects throughout our food system. Whether you’re concerned about animal welfare, the safety of the food you feed your family, or a looming antibiotic resistance crisis—your buying decisions matter.
Fish and Seafood
SAFETY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF
Shrimp, salmon and tuna—they’ve long topped the list of America’s favorite seafood. In the not-too-distant-past, they might have been harvested by local fishermen and considered a special treat, but things have changed. Much of the seafood we eat today reaches our plate from a far murkier path, bringing with it a raft of concerns over food safety, sustainability, and rampant chemical and antibiotic use.
Most of us believe the packaged foods we reach for at the supermarket are safe—and that the FDA tests the ingredients in those products before reaching our pantry. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The system used to determine whether ingredients in our food supply are safe is broken, and that’s a concern for all of us.
FOODS THAT ARE
One of our nation’s most contentious food fights is over the widespread use of genetically modified ingredients (like corn, soybean and sugar beets) in many of the processed foods Americans buy. Disagreements over whether or not GMOs should be labeled have grown bitter and more urgent, but labeling is not the only concern.